The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued new regulations for the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) hazmat endorsement. According to the new rule, individuals who wish to obtain a hazmat endorsement on their commercial driver's license (CDL) must complete training that is specific to transporting hazardous materials.
There are three types of hazmat endorsements: H, X, and Y. The type of endorsement an individual needs depends on the type of hazmat they will be transporting.
The H endorsement allows an individual to transport hazardous materials that are corrosive, toxic, flammable, or explosive.
The X endorsement allows an individual to transport radioactive materials.
The Y endorsement allows an individual to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Individuals who already have a hazmat endorsement on their CDL do not need to retake the training. However, they will need to update their knowledge every 5 years.
The new ELDT regulations will help ensure that drivers who transport hazardous materials are properly trained and knowledgeable about the risks involved. This will create a safer working environment for all involved and help protect the public from accidental releases of hazardous materials.